Student Gallery Much of this page is a result of the feedback we get from our In-School Programs. We still have more to post, so check back anytime. *You or your class or your youth group (with permission) can submit project photos and artwork by e-mail - email@example.com - or by traditional mail (we will list a new address soon). We cannot promise that we will be able to post everything (as we have too much right now) but your artwork or project might appear for a time on this page. Your projects may inspire other kids. *Remember to always ask permission to submit. We never ask for personal information - and you should never give any stranger identifying information. Always practice safe internet exploring and learning.
"Native Americans and Their Way of Living" Sums up our School Programs perfectly! Thanks for the card!
Our Favorite Outfit: The Great Lakes Strap-Dress Many items we bring to our school programs leave an impression, although most would not have guessed out of the 6 outfits modeled by students for their classmates, including Northern Iroquois armor and the Mississippian natural fiber twined clothing, that it would be the Western Great Lakes woman's outfit - a strap-dress complete with detachable sleeves, snowshoes, and hood. The strap-dress is of complete Native design, dating at least to the time of first contact with Europeans. Early European engravings of Great Lakes Native women show their 'tunics' with tube-like objects hanging from the shoulder areas. These 'tubes' were the detachable sleeves, hanging off the dress while not being worn on the arms. Here are some of the pictures students send us of their favorite item, the strap-dress.
The strap-dress has detachable sleeves that when not worn, hang to the sides of the dress.
The Cradleboard: A Usual Student Favorite
Baby (doll) secured to a cradleboard. A cradle cover would be added.
The cradleboard has always caught the attention of students, probably because of the cradleboard's unique way of holding and keeping safe the baby inside. More than a safety device, the cradleboard provided the child a sense of security and an observation area in which the first months of a child's life was spent learning by watching family members go about their daily business. To learn more about the cradleboard, click here to view an article.
Two types of Native cradles: A baby hamock to the left and the cradleboard to the right.